The Indian Buddhist Iconography

by Benoytosh Bhattachacharyya | 1958 | 51,392 words | ISBN-10: 8173053138 | ISBN-13: 9788173053139

This page contains an iconography image of 108 forms of Avalokiteshvara (59): Mahapatala Lokeshvara and represents of the book Indian Buddhist Iconography, based on extracts of the Sadhanamala English translation. These plates and illustrations represent either photographs of sculptures or line-drawing reproductions of paintings or other representations of Buddhist artwork.

108 forms of Avalokiteśvara (59): Mahāpaṭala Lokeśvara

Mahapatala Lokeshvara
Fig. 59A: Mahāpaṭala Lokeśvara

This is figure 59 in a series of 108 forms of Avalokiteśvara from the Macchandar Vahal, Kathmandu, Nepal.

59. Mahāpaṭala Lokeśvara. He is three-faced and six-armed and stands on a lotus. He holds in his three right hands the Vajra, the Viśvavajra and the Utpala, and in his three left, the banner, the Ghaṇṭā and the Kamaṇḍalu.

The Bodhisattva Avalokiteśvara (The Watchful Lord) also called Padmapāṇi (Lotus bearer) is the spiritual son of the Dhyāni Buddha Amitābha. He is one of the most popular Bodhisattvas of the Buddhist Pantheon having as many as 108 different forms [viz., Mahāpaṭala Lokeśvara].

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